Seth Maness
Royals' Seth Maness: Reinstated from DL
Seth Maness, RP, KC
1:40 PM
News: Maness (elbow) was activated Saturday from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Maness' start to the season was delayed after he underwent elbow surgery last August, but it looks like he's finally ready to pitch in games again. The Royals will likely track his performance at Omaha over several appearances before determining if he would represent an upgrade over some of their current bullpen options in the big leagues. Over 31.2 innings with the Cardinals in 2016, Maness turned in a 3.41 ERA and 1.33 WHIP.

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Jharel Cotton
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Will remain in rotation for next start
Jharel Cotton, RP, OAK
1:21 PM
News: Manager Bob Melvin confirmed that Cotton would make his next scheduled start Thursday against the Twins, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Following his impressive two-hitter against the Royals on April 10, Cotton has been obliterated in his subsequent three starts, surrendering 13 runs (10 earned) over 15.2 innings while allowing 21 hits and seven walks. Manager Bob Melvin will give Cotton another chance to get back on track Thursday, but if he fails to right the ship, there's a real possibility that he'll be sent back to Triple-A Nashville for further seasoning. The Athletics are expected to have both Sonny Gray (back) and Sean Manaea (shoulder) back from the disabled list by next weekend, putting either Cotton or Jesse Hahn most at risk of losing a rotation spot.

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Blake Parker
Angels' Blake Parker: Dominates April with 2.53 ERA
Blake Parker, RP, LAA
12:34 PM
News: Parker has put together a strong showing so far in 2017, posting a 2.53 ERA with an elite 15.2 K/9 through 10.2 April innings.

The 32-year-old's hot start has come out of nowhere, as he finished the previous two seasons with ERAs north of 4.67. Parker has always possessed strikeout stuff (10.48 career K/9) while keeping his walks at a reasonable level (3.20 career BB/9). He may have had control of his pitches, but he didn't possess command, getting him hard despite his solid K:BB ratios. Even with his advanced age, it isn't improbable to think that the righty has figured something out on the mound. It is early, but nothing in his peripherals point to any sort of good fortune or smoke and mirrors going on; in fact, he has been a bit unlucky with a career-high .398 BABIP against and and 1.40 xFIP that indicates that he could be pitching better than his current stats show. Considering how badly the Angels' bullpen has been struck by injuries this season, there is a good chance that Parker could begin to see higher-leverage situations and also throw his hat into the closing conversation should anything happen to Bud Norris.

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Sean Doolittle
Athletics' Sean Doolittle: Fifth hold of season Saturday
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK
11:58 AM
News: Doolittle notched his fifth hold of the season in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Astros despite giving up a solo home run to Jose Altuve over two-thirds of an inning.

The veteran southpaw made things more interesting by surrendering Altuve's 344-foot laser to left in the eighth with two outs. However, Doolittle recovered by getting Carlos Correa to close out the frame, notching his fourth hold in the last five appearances. The long ball was the second that the 30-year-old has given up in nine appearances this season, but he boasts a sparkling 11:1 K:BB over 7.2 innings.

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Nick Vincent
Mariners' Nick Vincent: Scoreless relief outing Saturday
Nick Vincent, RP, SEA
11:30 AM
News: Vincent fired a scoreless 1.2 innings in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Indians.

The right-hander got through his outing in an efficient 18 pitches, 12 of which he threw for strikes. Following a bumpy start to the season, Vincent has been one of manager Scott Servais' most consistent options out of the bullpen, with Saturday marking his seventh straight scoreless appearance.

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Aroldis Chapman
Yankees' Aroldis Chapman: Clipped in hand Friday
Aroldis Chapman, RP, NYY
9:53 AM
News: Chapman took a groundball off the palm Friday, but manager Joe Girardi doesn't believe it will impact his availability, George A. King of the New York Post reports.

Chapman wasn't needed in the Yankees 12-4 win Saturday, but he reported feeling okay and should be available going forward. It's the second scare the left-handed flamethrower had this week as he was also seen grabbing his elbow after picking up a save on Wednesday, but for now it looks like he'll escape both of these incidents unscathed. Through nine outings, Chapman has been as good as advertised with 13 strikeouts, five saves, and a 1.08 ERA.

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Roenis Elias
Red Sox's Roenis Elias: Nearing rehab assignment
Roenis Elias, RP, BOS
9:30 AM
News: Elias (ribs) has been pitching in extended spring training and will begin a rehabilitation assignment after one more game in Florida, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Elias strained a rib cage muscle during spring training is still on Boston's disabled list. When he's ready to return, the Red Sox will likely place him at Triple-A Pawtucket. He's one of the depth starters in the organization but his injury pushed him behind others.

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Tommy Kahnle
White Sox's Tommy Kahnle: Works high-leverage spot Saturday
Tommy Kahnle, RP, CHW
9:03 AM
News: Kahnle struck out all three batters faced in the eighth inning of Saturday's 6-4 extra-inning win over the Tigers.

With the White Sox holding a two-run lead entering the eighth inning, that's a spot normally reserved for Nate Jones but he was unavailable after pitching three times in the previous four days. So, manager Rick Renteria went to Kahnle who has been fantastic since being called up. After Saturday's performance, he has 19 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA over nine innings. Jones remains the preferred choice to set up closer David Robertson, but Kahnle has worked his way into a key seventh-inning reliever in close contests while Chicago is without the services of Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam.

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Richard Bleier
Orioles' Richard Bleier: Recalled from minors
Richard Bleier, RP, BAL
8:59 AM
News: Bleier was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday, Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun reports.

The Orioles shipped out Jayson Aquino and Vidal Nuno to the minors following Saturday's game and will bring in some reinforcements in the bullpen in the form of Bleier and Logan Verrett. The latter figures to act in a long-relief role, while Bleier will likely be in line for lower-leverage work in the middle innings. Bleier, 30, had given up one run over nine innings in five relief appearances at Norfolk this season.

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Santiago Casilla
Athletics' Santiago Casilla: Collects fourth save with tidy ninth inning
Santiago Casilla, RP, OAK
8:20 AM
News: Casilla allowed a single hit during a scoreless ninth inning to record his fourth save of the season Saturday against Houston.

While Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle have also collected a save this season, Casilla appears to have solidified himself as primary ninth-inning option. Casilla blew a save against the Angels on Tuesday, but he was back to close out Saturday's win. Considering Madson and Doolittle both have closing experience, Casilla's leash probably isn't that long, so his fantasy value could prove to be fleeting.

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